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‘The Hole Man’ by Larry Niven

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So we have a novum (a quantum black hole), an abandoned alien civilisation (which eradicates the need to explain the novum) and the most well-worn way of exploiting the novum’s dramatic potential (ie a murder). Niven isn’t particularly interested in drama though; he tells us the conclusion up front, leaving the story to limp on supported only by its characters and the novum itself, neither of which are particularly compelling. ‘The Hole Man’ won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1975.

Quality: **
Hardness: ***

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Written by Martin

14 June 2010 at 11:15

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